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Migrant Hawker Dragonfly
(Kevin Loader)

September 2014
GETTING CLOSE TO DRAGONFLIES (Press Release)

A purpose-built pond and viewing platform is enabling visitors to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve to get close views of dragonflies and damselflies.
  Created by the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Huntingdonshire District Council and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, this new facility has also been supported by Aggregate Industries, the Environment Agency and Water-Lines Solutions.

The viewing platform, designed and installed by the Reserve Rangers and volunteers, was sponsored by Central England Co-operative with money raised through sales of its 2013 Wildlife calendar.

Welcoming the new facility, Senior Ranger Jim Stevenson said:
“The open, sunny position of the artificial pond has proved very attractive to these magnificent insects. After spending many months, sometimes years, as pond creatures, dragonflies only live for about a month as creatures of the air. Fortunately, different species are on the wing at different times of the summer, so there’s every chance you’ll see some throughout this period.”
 
Thanking all the partners in the project, Friends Trustee Ray Matthews said:
“We are grateful to our partners in this complex and innovative project.  Completion would not have been possible without their enthusiastic support.  As a result, we can raise the profile of this fascinating group of insects on the Reserve.”


Eaton Socon Central England Co-operative food store manager Darren Hammond cuts the ribbon to open the dragonfly viewing platform, with representatives from the organisations involved in funding and building the pond and platform; (left to right) Debbie McKenzie (Wildlife Trust), Julie Slatter (Huntingdonshire District Council), Ian Hirst (Environment Agency) and Mike Thomas (Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve).


(Graham Corney)
 

Tree Bee (Brian Eversham)
September 2014
WILL WILDLIFE COPE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE?

A special presentation to celebrate Paxton Pits Nature Reserve’s 25 year anniversary will look to the future of our wildlife in a rapidly changing climate.
The Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is hosting the presentation “Climate Change and the Future of Nature Conservation” by Brian Eversham, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, on Thursday 4th September , 7.30 pm at Paxton Pits Visitors’ Centre.
Climate change is the biggest threat to wildlife, in Britain and globally.   The impacts are already apparent, with species losses and new arrivals every year. Brian’s talk will take a long time-frame, from the last Ice Age to the present, and try to find some good news among the gloom. 
If our landscapes allow it, more species should benefit from climate warming than be threatened  -  but most modern landscapes are currently a lethal barrier to wildlife. So, he will finish with a call to action -  climate change is happening and we need to help wildlife adapt to it, now.

Tickets are available in advance from the Visitors’ Centre at £3.00 each.  Any unsold tickets will be available at the door.

May 2014
BETTER ACCESS AT NATURE RESERVE (Press Release)

A partnership of local organisations has provided a new all-ability access facility for Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.  Steps on the popular Meadow Trail have been replaced by a gently graded ‘zig zag’ ramp that allows easy ascent of the bank and access by wheeled mobility vehicles.
The project, led by the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, has involved Huntingdonshire District Council Rangers, the Reserve’s mid-week volunteers and Peacock Engineering in construction, and four different contributors to the total cost of just over £12,000.
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Whitethroat (Kevin Loader)April 2014
The Flight Arriving...

April is the busiest time of the year for migrant birds arriving in Britain to breed.  Many species travel thousands of miles to set up ‘house’ at Paxton Pits, and the nature reserve’s volunteers and staff are inviting everyone to share in the spectacle.
The Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and Huntingdonshire District Council Rangers invite you to “Migration Watch Day” at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve on Sunday 27th April, anytime from dawn to dusk.  The aim is to see and hear the new arrivals as they claim their territories, display and build their nests. 
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April 2014
Beavers, alligators and piranhas

Climate change could be responsible for the presence of these alien invaders - read more on the Ranger's Blog
March 2014
Little Paxton Sports Relief Mile

It’s time to dig out that running kit Little Paxton! Sport Relief is here again. On Sunday 23rd March the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile will be setting off from Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field, Little Paxton at 10.30am, with hundreds of locals getting on their marks, set and go for Sport Relief.  Super sprinters and willing walkers will all feel at home with a choice of one, three or six miles.
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February 2014
Foodstore makes nature reserve more accessible

A family fun day run by the Anglia Co-operative foodstore at Old Great North Road, Eaton Socon, last summer, is set to fund major improvements to disability access at Huntingdonshire District Council’s Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.
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January 2014
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is 25 Years Old

2014 is the 25th Anniversary of the creation of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.
Throughout the year the Friends will be organising events themed around 1989 - see the Events page 

The '25' logo was designed by Nick Stevenson: http://www.nicholasstevenson.com/
Nick has also designed a stunning set of posters depicting the different aspects of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve - see the 25th Birthday page.